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nominated by president obama to be our ambassador to iraq. and i think all of us on the committee are pleased the president has nominated somebody of high caliber, great experience, who is our defense server vanessa the deputy chief of mission in baghdad for the year and previously served as ambassador to jordan and executive assistant to secretary of state, colin powell and condoleezza rice. while america's war has ended in iraq, the struggle for iraq's future obviously has not ended. the violence is down, but al qaeda and iraq remains a very deadly foe and iraq may not capture the jays today headlined. then no one should make the mistake to somehow come to a conclusion that iraq doesn't present extraordinary challenges. this administration has worked tirelessly to ensure that it doesn't become a forgotten front. we put in place a road mac on a browser to have issues. political, economic, educational, scientific and military. our bilateral partnership has potential to contribute, we believe to the stability in the middle east. but iraqi leaders have to decide for themselves what
it is in their interest to have a good relationship with iraq. they should not limited because -- [inaudible] or the muslim brotherhood. this is a great mistake. the other thing that is taking place, which again feeds in to the sense of frugs frustration and marginalization that many of the young men exhibit is you don't have the leadership in the other world. you have to look at the becames of states in the middle east, what do you see? you see today it marginalize it began -- [inaudible] okay. and egypt a country of 7,000 years 75 million people was the [inaudible] inned medieval times. egypt today has a great power could not influence events in gaza. they cannot control it. that is really numbing on the egyptian. it [inaudible] egypt today cannot compete with turkey, it cannot compete with iran, egypt today because egypt believes it is leave in the shadow of the powerful israeli states. [inaudible] so there is a leadership in the arab world. states like egypt, syria, iraq, have been marginalized for hundreds of years. the decision making process is very slow in libya. they have a leader
military strikes in iraq in an area where in fact they have found chemical weapons, components, capability whatever it may be. so do you know if the rebels have essentially found, you have concerns they have found various chemical weapons capabilities? do you believe that serious chemical weapons have been moved beyond the initial incident of many weeks ago and what concerns are opposed to the equation? does it raise the concern that iranians could also be getting their hands on chemical capabilities there? >> first and foremost, as i have expressed obviously we continue to have the concern about the security of the cbw sites and we continue to monitor that, working with the countries in the region to ensure that we have the best information possible with regards to the sites and how they are being secured. at this stage with regards to the major sites that were looking at, lead we to believe that those sites still remains secured by the syrian military. there has been intelligence that -- there have been some moves that have taken place. were exact weight that has taken place we don't kno
is for iraq. this is an issue, this is a problem, it is a threat that the israelis have been thinking about for a very long time. they has been a great deal of effort trying to figure out how to develop a military option to disarm iran, to destroy its nuclear program if they ever chose to do so. and they've been working very deciduous lead at the. but by the same token, you will have noticed that while this is been a topic of an active conversation, some sense is going all the way back to 1991 at the very least, since 2002, israel has not yet exercise that option. it has not done so for good reason. there are all kinds of good reasons not to strike and all kinds of bad reasons involved in a straight. and this is created a conundrum for israel and it has created a conundrum for israel's allies in the region and out. and it is why to this day as iran continues to move forward in defiance of united nations security council resolutions, israelis and their friends, first among them the united states of america, continues to debate whether rice course -- the right course of action is. today we're
i promised to end the war in iraq and we did. [cheers and applause] i said it's time for us to start winding down the war in afghanistan, and we are. we have got a new tower rising above the new york skyline even as al qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. [applause] but what happens this past week underscores that we still have threats in the world. we can't just pull that. we have to stay engaged and involved for our security. we have also got to remain vigilant. that is why as long as i'm commander-in-chief we will always have the strongest military the world has ever known. [applause] we will do what is required to keep our personal safe around the world and when our troops come home, when they take off their uniform, we will serve them as well as they have served us. because in america, no one should, no one who has fought for this country should have to fight for a job or a roof over their heads when they come home. [applause] but again here you have got a choice too because my opponent said it was tragic for me to end the war in iraq. he still won't tell
, we are out of iraq and the auto industry was saved. so we were able to turn around a ship that was going over the cliff. has the ship come back to doc? no, but it is headed away from the cliff, toward the dock. the question is -- the question is, have we become angry and disappointed that we are not at the beach at in our swim trunks sunbathing -- that we left the folks that were driving us over the cliff, get back to steer the ship or do we keep the people that took us back off the brink and trust that they are headed in the right direction? where we need to go? so i think that a lot of the measure of things, in my opinion, a lot of things include being caught up on history in 2008. the first president of color. it was historic. but when i look at it today, when we talk about things like the portal health care act or we have children with asthma and pre-existing conditions, where we are looking at jobs and we cannot get past it in this congress, where we are looking at voter rights under question, in my judgment it was historic and personable. they are trying to take from
against afghanistan and iraq that left millions killed in homeless had not happened, and if instead of killing the culprit into the seed without informing the world and the people of america and an independent fact-finding team had been formed to make the general public aware of the incident and therefore bringing to justice the perpetrators, had extremism or terrorism not unused to secure political goals, had the arms been turned into pens and military expenditures been used to promote amity among nations, had ethnic religious or -- not been beaten and that differences have not been used for the purposes of advancing political agendas, have the right to criticize the hegemonic policies and actions of the world zionism been recognized to allow the world media to freely report and shed light on the realities instead of taking deceitful gestures, pending the sanctities and sacred rights of human human beings and divine messengers who as the purest and most compassionate human beings are the gift of your mighty to humanity, had the security council not been under the domination of a li
resigned prior to the iraq war because of this issue? >> guest: it is an interesting question. you have the same military background. so much happens in hindsight. particularly with iraq and on the unintended consequences. you know, we might be very wise to look at and think about the consequences for everything before we go ahead with it. again, both of them probably wrestled with this decision, both of them made the decision to stay on. >> host: e-mail from eric kohlberg, i would like to hear your opinion on the controversial issue of truman's decision to drop the bomb on japan. the record shows that solution on trumansburg, except when he was in the company of secretary of state james burns. i believe that burns had more reason than truman to use the bomb is the trump card to fight the soviets. why burns more than truman, because burns had championed fdr's guilt agreement. >> guest: i am not familiar with byrne's burns' influence on him. i will speak about the decision to use the bomb. at the time, there is no question about it. i do not think it was that great of a decision. when yo
strategic issues -- [inaudible] national interests like security and stability of afghanistan and iraq, combating al-qaeda terrorist networks and preventing drug trafficking. such a skillful approach would be only possible if and when tehran and washington can isolate internal and external spoilers. the framework on nuclear dilemma, on the nuclear issue iran and p5 plus 1 can agree on a face-saving solution where iran would adhere to all international nuclear conventions and treatyies at the maximum level of transparency defined by the iaea, international atomic energy agency, to insure the peaceful nature of iranian nuclear activities and also to insure international community that iranian nuclear program would remain forever not on the peaceful, iran would be committed forever to be a non-nuclear weapon state. in the war the u.s. would also agree to recognize the legitimate rights of iran under npt for enrichment and to lift the sanctions gradually. this framework can be realized in future nuclear talks through step-by-step plan based on npt, mutual confidence building and -- [inaudi
otherwise they wouldn't have written the book. let's start with food. my thought iraq, food is critically important. one of the biggest constraints in china is soybeans. it is a big input for the food consumed by them as you can see, unlike any other food, corn, wheat or sugar, soy bean is one thing the chinese are not able to produce adequately to support the demand. they have a world consumption there's a massive gap with the world consumption are producing only 25%. it is for the united states in case obama to create jobs, soybeans and is a big production , a big producer of soybeans as is brazil. the book talks a lot about some of the consequences of those decisions for you here in the u.s. but more generally, you can see that for china this is a very big opportunity for them to keep importing and they do. water, not the problem in china. you can see folly below the average in terms of units. this is actually lead to some very aggressive action by china. one of the big stories that his tenant to hit the newspaper quite a bit as they are rerouting as they are rerouting as they are rero
the enemy plans required to begin with iraq in 2003 and actually pass in 2004 as part of the medicare modernization act. is that where the plants came from? >> yes, but there was a predecessor program commonly referred to as the risk program that went back to the 1980s. the m.a. program builds upon that, yes. >> to recall sitting today whether or not the legislation passed that called for higher reimbursement levels for m.a. plans, whether any of that was paid for the 2004 bill? >> i do not. >> the answer in a brunette her mattias understands that as a major piece of legislation, or large expansion of entitlement spending since medicare was first created in 1965 and not a nickel of it was paid for. many of us at the time who voted against it and think it was fiscally responsible to offer these payments to the m.a. plans without any ability to pay for it to begin with and now we hear criticism when we try to reformat to find cost savings. cost savings, by the way, completely adopted in the brian budget of virtually every one of my colleagues on the other side supported and voted for. a
.e senater relations committee holgtdz a conformation hear for the u.s. embassy to iraq. the head of the embassy in baghdad before the committee live starting at 9:30 eastern on c-span three. also on c-span 3 a congressional gold medal ceremony honing honoring someone. live coverage starting at 3:00 p.m. on c-span 3. as you can see, the president and i have fundamentally different vision than governor romney and congressman ryan. and a different value set that guide us. >> under the current president, we are at risk of becoming a poor country. because he looks to government as the great benefactor in every life. our opponent have a new motto, they say, quote, government is the only thick that we all belong to. [boo] i don't know about you but i have never thought as government as something i belong to. >> watch and engage with c-span as the campaign move toward the october debate. the vermont issue candidates will debate once. all the presidential candidates face off in three ninety-minute debate. follow our coverage on c-span, c-span radio and online at c-span.org. >>> former sol
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